|Review: Atrocity - Atlantis|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2004
Review online: April 27, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Well this is a weird album, but certainly a return to form for Atrocity, a fine band who produced one of my all-time favorite Death Metal albums, the complex "Todessehnsucht". After over a decade of experimenting with goth rock and electronic music, including their infamous album of 80's pop covers, the band has finally returned to extreme music with a flourish.
But, being Atrocity, I knew they couldn't just produce a straight Death album, and they didn't. "Atlantis" is about half keyboard-layered blasting that reminds one of more recent Dimmu Borgir works, half more melodic stylings with some sung vocals, catchy choruses, and definite goth influence. That sounds bad, but actually "Atlantis" is a highly enjoyable album, if a bit uneven. Opener "Reich Of Phenomenon" is a solid track that shows off pretty much what you can expect – heavy grooves, blasting drums, and a memorable chorus. Other standouts include "Ichor", the stomping "Enigma", and the almost radio-friendly "Cold Black Days", which is a bit out of place on this album, but a fine tune nevertheless.
This isn't a straight Death Metal album, but a synthesis of styles and influences such as I expected from this band. If you don't like a bit of experimentation with your brutality then you might be put off, but otherwise this is a cool album to check out.
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